Archive for September 7th, 2017

Pressure on Wenger affecting Arsenal players – Toure

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The ex-Ivory Coast international believes pressure on his former boss is taking a toll on the Gunners’ players

Arsene Wenger’s inability to win major trophies is affecting Arsenal player, according to Kolo Toure.

The Frenchman has delivered three FA Cup trophies in the last four years for the London outfit but has, severally, fallen short in the race for the English Premier League title and has made inglorious exits from the Uefa Champions League.

After signing a new deal on the back of leading the Gunners to another FA Cup triumph, the gaffer has seen his side falter just at the start of the 2017-18 which culminated in their 4-0 pummeling against Liverpool a fortnight ago.

Toure, a member of the iconic 2003-04 invincibles squad, said the pressure such results pile on the 67-year-old rubs off on his wards.

“When you’re a manager of a club like Arsenal and you don’t win trophies for such a long time, I mean the league of course, you will have always pressure,” Toure told Evening Standard.

“But the guy [Arsene Wenger] has experience, the guy has been there before and he wants the best for the club that is all I know and he wants to do his best for the club.

“When things stalk around it makes things difficult for him because the players can feel that as well, the players can feel that the fans are putting pressure on the manager and the players are in a position where they are not really comfortable.


World Cup Qualifier: Fifa orders South Africa vs Senegal match replayed

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The result which Bafana got against the Teranga Lions will not stand following CAS’ decision to uphold referee Lamptey’s lifetime ban

South Africa and Senegal have been ordered by Fifa to replay their 2018 World Cup qualifier which took place in November 2016.

This comes after a complaint was lodged over the overall performance of Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey on the day.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the lifetime ban of Lamptey, meaning Bafana Bafana’s 2-1 win over Senegal has been chalked off with immediate effect.

Below is a statement released by Fifa on Wednesday night.

“The Bureau for the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers ordered a replay of the qualification match between South Africa and Senegal held on 12 November 2016.”

“The Bureau for the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers ordered a replay of the qualification match between South Africa and Senegal held on 12 November 2016,” Fifa said in a statement late on Wednesday night.

“This decision follows the confirmation of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to uphold the lifetime ban of match referee, Joseph Lamptey, for match manipulation, the ruling imposed by the Fifa Disciplinary and Appeal Committees.

“The match will be replayed within the November 2017 international window, with the exact date to be confirmed in due course.

“As stated in the Fifa World Cup regulations, this decision shall come into effect immediately, but shall be subject to confirmation by the Organising Committee for Fifa Competitions at its next meeting, scheduled for 14 September.”

These latest developments mean South Africa now have a single point in Group D, and will have to win fairly to reclaim the four points they already had in the bag.

Meanwhile, the South African Football Association (Safa) has denied all wrongdoing, and vowed to study Fifa’s report before deciding whether or not to appeal the decision.

“SAFA is studying the contents of the report and will issue a statement on intentions to challenge that decision. SAFA wishes to also state categorically that it was in no way involved with any wrongdoing related to the actions of the referee, as stated in the FIFA report,” Safa said in a statement.

Abia State government needs political will to fix Aba – Andrew Anya Etim

Image may contain: one or more people, water and outdoorFixing Aba is doable if the govt make the people part of the solution.

You can always see signs of how nature takes care of flooding if you enter the bush. The sensible thing humans should do is to respect those signs in constructìon of homes.

This is what we always take for granted. Take a city like Aba for example, these signs have been treated with disdain. Almost every inch of land is a private property and leaving ownership of flood water to the roads. Then there is this fake surprise that a city like Aba has no roads.

The Abia government that will fix Aba will need high grade political will to do it. This is same thing I talked about in 2012. The govt will first of all need to be frank with Aba people how enormous the challenges are. The interaction between Aba residents and their govt has always been extremely poor in my view and seeking people’s buy in is crucial.

1. Construction freeze in Aba unless at new city. It’s time to build a new Aba that will decongest what we all know as Aba.

2. The govt must tell Aba landlords that some properties will be demolished with adequate compensation of land and cash for relocation to the New Aba.

3. Some houses will be demolished and water reservoirs constructed to hold flood waters of areas. This is what is obtainable in cities of low level composition as Aba.

Until the flood waters of Aba has a home that is not roads, no road will win the battle with water – cement or not. Aba today as a city is unsustainable and something critical needs to happen.

More intelligent people should work on this.

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